Fox News reports that Mike Bossy, the National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 65.
The news of Bossy’s passing was announced by his former team, the New York Islanders. The passing occurred on Friday.
The cause of Bossy’s death has not been confirmed. Bossy, however, did reveal in October that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Earlier this month, there were also reports that Bossy had been put into palliative care. The accuracy of those reports, however, is unclear. Bossy’s family has said that he continued his fight against cancer at his home.
Bossy’s NHL career began in 1977 when he was the 15th draft pick of the New York Islanders. He would end up spending his entire career with the team, which lasted 10 years.
During Bossy’s 752 game career, he racked up some serious stats. These stats include 573 goals, which is the 22 most in NHL history, and 85 playoff goals, which is an Islander record.
Bossy had nine 50 or more goal seasons, which ties him with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky for the most in league history. Bossy, though, holds the record for the most consecutive 50 or more goal seasons, with nine, and the record for the most 60 or more goal seasons, with five.
Bossy, during his career, also had 553 assists, which is the third most in Islander history.
The team itself also flourished with Bossy on it. During a period from 1979 to 1983, the Islanders managed to win four consecutive Stanley Cups. During that same period, Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982, and, in 1978, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy.
The New York Islanders’ president and general manager, Lou Lamoriello, has released a tribute to bossy.
“The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but across the entire hockey world,” Lamoriello wrote. His drive to be the best every time he stepped on the ice was second to none.”
“Along with his teammates, he helped win four straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the history of this franchise forever,” the statement continues. “On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bossy family and all those who grieve this tragic loss.”